As anyone who has been brutally dumped by an ex girlfriend/boyfriend can probably attest, one of the hardest parts of dealing with that these days is that every one of their moves is pretty much broadcast to you via social media. Therefore it’s impossible to not see them having a better time than you pretty much every step of the way, usually with their new significant other. Wounded.
It basically completely and utterly sucks. Of course, you could always unfriend them, but not knowing what they’re doing is probably even worse. It’s a Catch 22 situation basically.
Well, Facebook have finally realised this and have rolled out a new feature to help you get over your ex. This new feature lets you opt out from seeing pictures or posts by your former spouse on the social network.
It works when someone changes their relationship status to reflect the breakup (yes, you have to be Facebook official for this feature to work, but that’s a whole other article’s worth of crap) and it will give you the option to remove your name from previous posts with that person so you can no longer see them.
You’ll also be able to edit who can see your past posts with an ex, untag yourself from posts with that person, and your ex-partner will no longer be suggested when you’re writing a new message or tagging photos. The system is basically designed for people who don’t want to unfriend their partners but don’t want to be encountering them at every turn at this point in their lives.
It sounds OK to us to be honest.
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Facebook product manager Kelly Winters had the following to say about the new feature:
Facebook is a place for sharing life’s important moments, which for many people include their romantic relationships.
Starting today, we are testing tools to help people manage how they interact with their former partners on Facebook after a relationship has ended.
This work is part of our ongoing effort to develop resources for people who may be going through difficult moments in their lives.
We hope these tools will help people end relationships on Facebook with greater ease, comfort and sense of control.
Well yeah, to be fair it sounds like a great tool if you don’t want your pesky ex showing up all the time to ruin your fun, although if you can turn it off and on it probably won’t be that much of a difference because most people can’t resist peaking. Hopefully it has a timer where you can set it for six months or something though – that would be really useful.
Anyway, if you think your breakup was hard then check out the most messed up break up stories of all time.